Opponent: Central Connecticut State
Nickname: Blue Devils
This season’s record: 3-17, 1-8 NEC Recent Game: Loss vs Bryant
Head Coach: Donyell Marshall (1st season)
Current KenPom ranking: 342
Location: Detrick Gymnasium
Time: 3:30 pm
Online: NEC Front Row (Bruce Biel – pbp, Marc Robbins – color)
Live Stats: http://www.ccsubluedevils.com/sports/mbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20170128_umpc.xml
42st all-time meeting.
LIU Brooklyn leads the all-time series 22-19. LIU has won the last five meetings and 14 of the last 16 meetings. LIU won the first meeting of the season 60-49 at the Steinberg Wellness Center back on January 12th.
Who to watch on the other side
Khalen Cumberlander – 6’3” senior guard
Cumberlander is CCSU’s second-leading scorer at 13.1 ppg behind Austin Nehls. He is averaging 15.2 ppg in his nine NEC contests this season. Scored 26 against Mount St. Mary’s earlier this season and scored 19 points in an overtime win against SFU including hitting the game-winner. The senior guard is shooting over 48 percent from the floor and over 36 percent from three. Oddly though, he is shooting just 50 percent from the free throw line, making just 25 of his 50 attempts.
What you need to know
LIU Brooklyn won defeated Sacred Heart Thursday night 60-57 and have won seven of their last eight games.
LIU is one game behind Mount St. Mary’s and FDU, who are both 8-1, for first place in the NEC.
Iverson Fleming rebounded from a tough performance against FDU last Saturday with a game-high 22 points against Sacred Heart Thursday night.
Jerome Frink collected his tenth double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds against Sacred Heart. Frink has scored in double figure in every game this season and has a 25-game double-digit scoring streak.
Nura Zanna currently leads the NEC in field goal percentage at 61.2 percent from the floor. He also leads the NEC in total offensive rebounds, total rebounding percentage, and yes, total fouls.
Central Connecticut got their first NEC win under first-year head coach Donyell Marshall last Saturday in an overtime win on the road at Saint Francis U., winning 84-83.
CCSU is 1-7 at home this season and 4-18 at home over the last two seasons. LIU is tied with Mount St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart for the most road wins by an NEC team this season with five.
CCSU’s Austin Nehls went 0-10 from three in their loss to Bryant on Thursday after going 10 of 20 from three in his prior two games.
What does KenPom say
Win Probability: 67%
Predicted final score: 68-64, LIU Brooklyn
LIU’s next game
The Blackbirds return home to Brooklyn for a pair of games as they host the two western Pennsylvania teams next week beginning with long-time rival Robert Morris on Thursday, February 2nd. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.